Date Posted: Tuesday, December 31, 2019 11:01 AM
Brighton coach Graham Potter remains impressed with Frank Lampard before fighting him and Chelsea on New Year's Day.
The two faced each other last season in the championship, when they were in charge of Swansea and Derby, respectively, and also at the start of this campaign at Stamford Bridge.
Potter has not beaten Lampard after Derby won four points in the last period, while Chelsea beat Brighton 2-0 in September and is full of admiration for the former England midfielder.
After replacing Maurizio Sarri in July, the all-time Blues top scorer introduced a number of young people into the team, guided them to fourth place in the Premier League, as well as in the Champions League 16 round and all under transfer. embargo last summer.
"He did a good job. I like him a lot. I was impressed with Derby and again with Chelsea, ”said Potter.
“Manage the situation he inherited in terms of the embargo and deal with it in the positive way they have with young players, and be flexible in his approach to how to play and compete at the top of the Premier League. and pass the Champions League, he did very well. "
Brighton will not be intimidated before facing Chelsea after a strong December with wins over Arsenal and Bournemouth.
Aaron Mooy played a key role in both wins, with the Australian firmly established at Amex Stadium following a transfer from a Huddersfield loan season in August.
Potter declined to discuss his long-term future, but insisted he was just happy to know that the 29-year-old is happy with the seagulls.
"As I said before, he is a loan player, he is not our player," added the 44-year-old. "He is a Huddersfield player.
“We understand we have it all season so there is no stress or pressure. Most importantly, Aaron is enjoying football and we are happy with it.
"It is improving and developing, and that is the most important thing and everything else is just talk and speculation."
Brighton's boss is also not sure how busy the club will be in the winter transfer window, which opens on Wednesday.
Former Ostersund manager Potter said: “As a collective, we can improve in all areas and we need to do that, but I prefer to focus on the guys we have here and help them improve, because I don't think they are at it. your disposition. maximum.
"I'm not sitting here thinking that we get the most out of this group of players, so there's no desperate need to do anything.
“I love working with the players, I like what we are trying to do and, as I said before, we are not perfect and there is no guarantee of results, but I am happy with your daily approach and work and happy to continue.
"Again, I also said that the responsibility of the football club in every window is to try to see if there is a way to strengthen, but there is no news about it."